Questions to Ask a Breeder

How long have you been breeding AKC Basset Hounds?

Good breeders have usually been breeding for a minimum of 3 or 4 years.

Do you belong to the Basset Hound Club of America or a regional Basset Hound Club?

Membership in these clubs involves working within a code of ethics which helps give credibility to a breeder.

What type of activities do your dogs participate in?

Many breeders show their Basset Hounds and may participate in conformation, obedience, agility, tracking or field trialing competition.

Do you have any puppies available, and if not, when do you plan another litter?

If they have puppies available, the majority of breeders will put your name on a waiting list. Other breeders whose lists are full are usually more than willing to refer you to reputable breeders in their area.

What kind of warranty do you offer?

Most breeders will guarantee the health of a puppy for a specific period of time and if something goes wrong will offer to replace the puppy with another one or give a full refund. Warranties differ with each breeder.

What is the price of the dog?

A pet puppy is usually less expensive than a show prospect.

What type of paperwork do you provide and will it include proof of vaccinations and worming?

Breeders should provide a Bill of Sale, a contract detailing the conditions of the sale and a copy of the puppy’s health record. In some cases, breeders may withhold AKC registration papers until they have received notification from your veterinarian that the puppy has been spayed or neutered.